For the first time in history, reigning World League Champion France wins the Men’s European Volleyball Championship, beating first time finalist Slovenia in the finale, 25-19, 29-27, 29-27.
Antonin Rouzier, who was declared Most Valuable Player, registered 21 points, with a 66% attacking efficiency, for the victors. Teammate and Second Best Outside Hitter Earvin Ngapeth shared 15 points of his own, all coming from attacks.
Mitja Gasparini and Best Outside Hitter Tine Urnaut‘s 14 markers each were not enough for the Slovenes to get the victory, as no other from their team scored in double digits.
Meanwhile, Italy captured the Bronze medal, defeating co-host Bulgaria in four sets, 25-20, 25-14, 23-25, 25-20.
Best Opposite Spiker Ivan Zaytsev and Osmany Juantorena scored 26 and 17 points, respectively, for the Italians. While Bulagrian Nikolay Uchikov tallied 15 for his squad.
ALL STAR TEAM
Most Valuable Player Antonin Rouzier (FRA)
Best Outside Hitters Tine Urnaut (SLO) and Earvin Ngapeth (FRA)
Best Middle Blockers Teodor Todorov (BUL) and Viktor Yosifov (BUL)
Best Opposite Spiker Ivan Zaytsev (ITA)
Best Setter Simone Giannelli (ITA)
Best Libero Jenia Grebennikov (FRA)
Fair Play Award Vladimir Nikolov (BUL)
All due credits go to CEV for the photo